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Trail Etiquette and Safety

Hiking, biking or horseback riding on Tahoe Donner’s trails is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors. With the increasing popularity of these outdoor activities, the amount of encounters with other trail enthusiasts is also increasing, so we all need to do our best to be respectful, patient and courteous with others. By following the guidelines below, we can all have a more safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Advice for All Trail Users

RESPECT: It’s a simple concept: if you offer respect, you are more likely to receive it. We’re all out there to have a good time. Friendly respect will diminish negative encounters on the trail for all users.

COMMUNICATION: Let folks know you’re there — before you’re there. Do your best to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming – a friendly greeting is a good method.

YIELD APPROPRIATELY:  Anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to hikers and equestrians. Step downhill and off trail to let them pass. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

BE INFORMED: It’s YOUR responsibility to be “in the know.” Questions about where to ride, trail conditions, outdoor ethics and Tahoe Donner Association regulations are important to know before you head out on the trails. If you have further questions, please contact the trails manager at 530-582-9672 or trails@tahoedonner.com or Member Services at 530-587-9400 or info@tahoedonner.com.

Advice for Hikers and Bikers

When hikers or mountain bikers encounter horses on the trail, they should step off the trail on the downhill side, talk to the rider and the animal (this lets the stock know you are a person). Keep talking in a calm voice as the horse passes.

If you approach stock from behind it’s critical that you announce yourself loudly but calmly so you do not scare the animals. Let the rider know you’d like to pass at the next safe location. Do NOT ride up quickly on stock. It’s dangerous for you and the rider(s).

Advice for Horse Riders

Though most hikers and bikers will yield the right of way to stock, remember that some folks do not have experience with stock and may not do things your way. These encounters are great opportunities to inform and educate other users with a friendly approach.

As a horse rider, you have a responsibility to manage your animals on the trail; it is not advised to bring “green” stock to high-traffic or multi-use trails until they are familiar. Also, remember to keep an eye out for other users in front of you, behind you and joining you at trail junctions.

Help Protect Our Trails & Open Spaces:

Don’t Play in the Mud: When trails are muddy or otherwise saturated with water, please refrain from using them until they have had a chance to dry out. This will allow the trail tread to remain narrow and stable while reducing erosion.

Do Not Cut Switchbacks or Take Shortcuts: Enjoy where our trails take you; you won’t be disappointed. Cutting switchbacks and creating shortcuts damages plants and disturbs soil encouraging erosion.

Pick Up After Your Pet: Dog waste along our trails is not only unsightly but can also hurt water quality and spread disease. Please grab a few of the dog litter bags found at most Tahoe Donner trailheads before hitting the trails. Please dispose of used litter bags in trailhead garbage containers. Dogs need to be on a leash when on Tahoe Donner trails per Association policy.

Give Wildlife a Break: When encountering the abundance of wildlife throughout Tahoe Donner, please give them plenty of room to do their thing. Control pets; do not allow dogs to chase or otherwise harass wildlife.

Respect Our Neighbors: Please respect our neighbors by staying on Tahoe Donner property. Most property boundary lines are posted; please do not wander onto our neighbors’ land.

Cattle in Euer Valley: Through 2014, the Euer family cattle can be found in parts of their namesake Valley. Please respect our neighbor’s animals by giving them a wide berth.

Tips for Safety

  • Before you leave for the trail, make sure you know where you are going. It is also a good idea to tell a responsible person about your plans of where you will be and when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast so that you know what to expect on your adventure.
  • Make sure you bring drinking water and stay hydrated.
  • Before you leave your vehicle, make sure all valuables are out of sight and make sure you lock your doors.

April 11, 2014

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Truckee Donner Historical Society Presentation by Barbara Shelden Czerwinski, PhD



150-20 Truckee: Frontier Settlement to Premier Year-Round Tourist Town

A presentation by the Truckee Donner Historical Society

Date: June 29, 2013, Saturday

Presenter: Barbara Shelden Czerwinski, PhD
Volunteer Researcher
Truckee Donner Historical Society

Place: Tahoe Donner Northwoods Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Boulevard

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Truckee’s history centers on railroads, tourism and dealing with the “storm king.” Dr. Czerwinski will present an overview of Truckee’s first 150 years from emigrant trails, trains, highways, weather, and winter sports that culminated into a premier year-round tourist town.

Dr. Czerwinski retired in May 2010 to join her husband, Ed, who had moved to the Town of Truckee in June 2009. She had completed a 49 year career as a registered nurse that started in California and then to Indiana, Missouri, Texas, New York, Ohio and finally Arizona.  She has become active with a weekly hiking/snowshoeing group; appointed by Town of Truckee Council to the 2010-2011 Parking Working Group; Truckee Donner Railroad Society member, museum docent and board member 2012-2014; and Truckee Donner Historical Society member, volunteer researcher and board member 2011-2013.

For more info:

(530) 582-0893

Truckee Donner Historical Society
P.O. Box 893
Truckee, California 96160

June 12, 2013

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National Trails Day This Saturday



National Trails Day this Saturday- Fun Family Event for all Ages

Join the trails department and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club for a hiking tour of the McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract properties. This tour, of some of the most beautiful and historical areas in Tahoe Donner, will begin at 10 a.m. this Sat. (June 1) at the Bermgarten cul-de-sac just off Skislope Way. A map is available here.

The main hike will follow the jogging-stroller friendly dirt road. There will be frequent stops to look at the area’s hidden and lesser known gems, and to discuss the plans for developing trails in those areas, including the Donner Lake Rim Trail.

At the end of the dirt road, the hike will split into two groups. All those wishing to remain on the main road will head back to Bermgarten with Annie Rosenfeld, director of facilities and risk management, and all those wishing to go further will continue on an extended tour with Benjamin Levine from the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club. The extended tour will include some off-trail hiking, but most of it will be on rough bootleg trails.

The first portion of the extended hike will cross over onto the Bucknam Tract on a course that approximates one possible route for the Donner Lake Rim Trail. From there the hike will continue to a spectacular Donner Lake overlook via another bootleg trail across Forest Service land. Finally the hike will conclude by going off-trail again to see the McGlashan Springs themselves.

Approximate distance for Annie’s hike is 1.5 miles, while Benjamin’s extended hike is about 3.5 miles. Dogs on leash are welcome on both hikes.

For more information please contact the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club at tdtrails@gmail.com.

May 29, 2013

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Trails Master Plan Meetings

Alta Design + Planning and Management are continuing work on the Trails Master Plan validation project. In September management and Alta’s staff held an initial membership input meeting to kick off the validation process and hit key topics of concern or comment from those members attending. Over the last month Alta has met with members including Friends of the Trails chairman, Benjamin Levine; Steve Miller, board of director, Ralph Johnson, general plan committee member, etc., as well as association staff to review the trails first hand and gather additional feedback. Topics of interest included trail wayfinding signage, trail standards, new trails in newly purchased properties and trails of concern. The project team will be holding several additional membership meetings in addition to a formal presentation to the board of directors in November. We are excited to work with the membership to provide a trail system that is driven by their wants and needs. This is your chance to provide any further feedback on the trails prior to finalization of the Trails Master Plam. If you are interested in learning more or providing feedback we encourage you to attend the upcoming meetings, the schedule is as follows:

Membership Trails Master Plan Meeting – Friday, October 26, at The Lodge from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
This meeting will focus discussion on the overarching draft recommendations from Alta Design + Planning, draft trails map, trail naming and signage, and preferred loops and uses of trails. A copy of the minutes from the previous meeting will be available online the week of this meeting.

Please click here to view the presentation from the October 26 meeting.

Please click here to view the minutes from the October 26 meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting  – Saturday, November 17
Alta Design + Planning will provided formal presentation to the board of directors of draft Trails Master Plan and its elements. Discussion will take place on recommendations. A copy of the newly drafted Trails Master Plan and associated documents will be available online prior to the board meeting for membership review and further comments.

Please click here to view the proposed Trails Master Plan from the November 17 meeting.

Please click here to view the proposed map from the November 17 meeting.

Please click here to view the presentation from the November 17 meeting.

Membership Trails Master Plan Meeting – Friday, December 7; Northwoods Clubhouse Meeting Room, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
This meeting will review the final Trails Master Plan after board of director review and comments and will also focus discussions on the draft project list and prioritization.

Click here to access the existing draft Trails Master Plan.

Click here to access meeting minutes from the September 14 Trails Master Plan meeting.

October 17, 2012

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Volunteer



Get involved by volunteering with Tahoe Donner!

Tahoe Donner’s volunteer program provides members with an opportunity to get involved in the Tahoe Donner and Truckee/Tahoe Community. You can get involved and get first-hand experience in providing recreational opportunities and benefits to amenities through various opportunities including event preparation and crew participation, club related volunteer events/activities, and leadership of other volunteers.

Additionally, we will be linking members who are interested in volunteer work with Tahoe Donner club activities and events, as well as Truckee/Tahoe events like Truckee Clean Up Day and the annual Truckee River Day. Tahoe Donner clubs such as the Tennis Club, Friends of the Tahoe Donner Trails Club, Senior Alpine Ski Club, and Men’s Golf Club all have a multitude of activities and events with volunteer aspects to make their programs successful.

Our most recent Board of Directors Election is also an excellent example of volunteerism in Tahoe Donner.  We have five very active volunteers who have committed their time to be on the board of directors, but they are also supported by active volunteer committees which provide excellent resources for the board and management alike.  We thank them for their efforts and continued commitment to Tahoe Donner.

Summer 2013 Trails Volunteer Opportunities

We have had a great turnout for various volunteer events this summer, including the June Trails Day, Golf Course and Downhill Ski Area clean up days, Sugar Pine tree planting, and Alder Creek Meadows clean up day. We’ll have another clean up day in September. See our Trails Volunteer page for more information and updates.

How You Can Get Involved:

Request to be on the Tahoe Donner Volunteer Group. Individuals, families or groups on this list will be contacted for every volunteer opportunity. Tahoe Donner Volunteer Group enrollment requests are made directly to Annie Rosenfeld, Director of Facilities and Risk Management at arosenfeld@tahoedonner.com.

Request to be on a specific event volunteer list. Individuals, families or groups can request to be on a specific event volunteer crew. Specific TDA Management contact will be given for each event for members to contact and enroll for volunteer activities.

Get involved with a Tahoe Donner chartered club. Many of the chartered clubs have active volunteer programs which directly benefit their “home” amenity.

Finally, offerings of upcoming volunteer events will be communicated in the Monday Member email blasts. If you are not receiving this important Tahoe Donner business-related communication, please email comdep@tahoedonner.com to request enrollment.

June 14, 2012